At IDF, Intel demonstrated a chip that will come after Ivy Bridge, the next "tick" in Intel's release schedule. That chip is codenamed Haswell, and it will bring architectural improvements to the 22 nm process that will first be introduced in Ivy Bridge.
Intel sees Haswell as the goal for its multi - phase Ultrabook initiative. Looking into its future plan for the platform, Intel CEO Paul Otellini described a new class of platform power management in development for the 2013 Haswell products for Ultrabooks.
Intel said that advances in silicon technology and platform engineering are expected to reduce idle platform power by more than 20 times over current designs without compromising computing performance. Otellini said he expects that this design change, combined with industry collaboration, will lead to more than 10 days of connected standby battery life by the time the products hit in 2013. Bold words, but we're looking forward to it.
The connected standby battery life means that notebooks could operate like today's smartphones, which can be in a sleep mode but still stay connected, keeping the email, social media and digital content up-to-date.
I am very interested to see how this power savings technology will play into a One2One computing environment such as the one I work in. Batteries and battery life balanced with weight is the one thing we always seem to have an issue with especially as machines go into their 2nd and 3rd year of the lease cycle we use.